We are so grateful to receive The Presidents’ Community Partner Award from St. Catherine University last week! “The Presidents’ Community Partner Award is for a community-based individual or organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways.”

Celebrating St. Kate’s civic engagement at 2023 Campus Compact

Volunteers Ray and Karen Represented Mano a Mano at the Event on April 13th, 2023

Last week Karen and I dropped in to the Annual Awards of the Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. Mano a Mano received one of the President’s Community Partner Awards; ours from St. Catherine’s University here in St. Paul. The “award recognizes a community-based partner…that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways..enriching educational as well as community outcomes.” For many years interns and classes of volunteers from St. Kate’s have come to Mano a Mano. We get their valuable help in the warehouse/office and they learn how volunteering can make a real difference. I love how St Kate’s students dig into the work helping community thousands of miles away as we create community right here in Minnesota…might I say, they…are….awesome!

– Ray Wiedmeyer, Mano a Mano Volunteer Warehouse Manager
Volunteers Ray and Karen Represented Mano a Mano at the Event on April 13th, 2023

We are Grateful to St. Kate’s for the Many Ways We Work Together

Over the years, Mano a Mano has been grateful to work together with St. Kate’s in many different ways: internships through St. Kate’s Community Work and Learning; student volunteer groups; site visits as part of St. Kate’s classes; research projects with St. Kate’s classes; Citizen Katie Day; among many others!

Here is just a small sample of St. Kate’s and Mano a Mano working together over the past decade:

Opus Prize – 2012

Segundo Velasquez in Bolivia as part of the Opus trip in 2012.

On November 8, 2012, St. Kate’s University hosted an awards ceremony for the Opus Prize, an annual $1 million award recognizing an unsung hero anywhere in the world whose leadership empowers people to transform their lives and communities. Mano a Mano co-founder Segundo Velasquez was a finalist for the award and received a $100,000 prize for Mano a Mano. This video is Segundo’s speech that he made at the Opus Prize ceremony, along with comments from St. Kate’s students and faculty that traveled to Bolivia with Mano a Mano in the summer of 2012.

Articles about the 2012 Opus Prize in Local News:

Citizen Katie Day – 2013

St. Kate’s volunteers sorting medical supplies at Mano a Mano on Citizen Katie Day in 2013. Jose Velasquez (blue-green shirt), Executive Director of Mano a Mano Bolivia, was in town and helped out along with Mano a Mano Co-Founder Segundo Velasquez (white shirt).

St. Kate’s Volunteers – 2014

Thanks to St. Kate’s students from Stanton residence hall and St. Kate’s alumni for joining Mano a Mano on Saturday afternoon in February 2014 to volunteer! They helped with preparations for our 20th anniversary celebration.

St. Kate’s Volunteers in Action – 2017

Volunteers from the St. Catherine University Volunteers in Action (VIA) group at Mano a Mano on October 3, 2017. From the St. Kate’s website: “VIA supports a balance of charity and justice. By offering regular longer-term volunteer opportunities to students, VIA engages volunteers in the community and culture of the places they serve.”

St. Kate’s Trip To Bolivia with De La Salle High School – 2018

St. Kate’s Public Health recently wrote about their trip to Bolivia with De La Salle High School in summer 2017. We were happy to be a small part of their introduction to Bolivia here in Saint Paul, Minnesota through St. Kate’s Community Work & Learning, and to see that they spent time in Bolivia with another awesome nonprofit in Carmen Pampa Fund!

St. Kate’s Volunteers at Mano a Mano – Thursday, October 11, 2018

St. Kate’s Public Health – 2022

From the St. Kate’s Public Health newsletter – Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Metro State and St. Kate’s Volunteers

We were happy to be able to have a farewell lunch for our 7 Metro State Social Work interns and St. Kate’s Community Leaders intern from the Fall 2022 semester (and are sad to see them go)!


Nice picture in the most recent St. Kate’s Community Work & Learning newsletter – volunteering sorting donated medical supplies at Mano a Mano’s St. Paul warehouse.